OSAMU TEZUKA

The “god of manga”, Osamu Tezuka alone created comics with epic stories and established the foundation of anime culture in Japan. His legacy continues through his influence of many noted manga artists, including Fujiko F. Fujio and Mitsuteru Yokoyama (author of Tetsujin 28-go). Tezuka produced a series of popular manga hits for over 40 years until his death in 1989. The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, located where he grew up in Takarazuka, Hyogo Pref., and managed by Takarazuka City, exhibits a number of precious historical materials and works of manga and anime.

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One of his masterpieces, Tetsuwan ATOM (Astro Boy), became the first domestically produced 30-minute TV anime series in Japan. Tezuka not only drew the original manga but also handled the animation production. He adopted a method called “limited animation” requiring simplified motion while allowing the story itself to bring true strength to the work. This labor-saving technique had an enormous influence on subsequent Japanese anime works. Ribon no Kishi (Princess Knight), inspired by watching many performances of the all-girl Takarazuka Revue, helped establish a genre called “girl manga.” Black Jack, which drew on his knowledge as a medical doctor, helped launch the medical manga genre.

In the library at the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum, you can see his works translated into various languages from around the world.

Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum

7-65 Mukogawa
Takarazuka-shi, Hyogo Pref.

ANIME PILGRIMAGE
a quest to visit locations relating to stories and characters
TOTTORI YOKAI ROAD
where yokais and humans live together
3D LATTE ART
the ultimate shape of art to come — too cute to drink?
OSAMU TEZUKA
creator of Japan’s manga and anime cultures
Public bathhouse
銭湯
High-tech toilet
ハイテクトイレ
Electrical goods store
家電量販店
Karaoke
カラオケ
Roppongi Hills
六本木ヒルズ
Yakatabune
屋形船
Gundam 1/1
ガンダム1/1
Traditional Japanese guest house
古民家ゲストハウス
Resort beaches
リゾートビーチ
Sanshin
三線
Lunch “A”
Aランチ
Shuri Castle
首里城
Thailand
Summer Wars
USA
Gunbuster
Italy
Neon Genesis EVANGELION
Korea
Hakuohki / Adekan
The color wizard behind 80s kawaii revival.
“Twintail” — simple dream-come-true magic for change.
Outdoor girl finds kawaii in a sleeping bag.
I want to create awesome kawaii nail art.
Suguki pickles
すぐき漬け
Tea master
茶道家
Moon watching
観月の夕べ
Secrets of autumn colors
紅葉
Elevator attendants
エレベーターアテンダント
Japanese knives
包丁
Department store basement
デパ地下
Nambu ironware
南部鉄器
TEMPURA
天婦羅
SUKIYAKI
すき焼き
SUSHI
寿司
SOBA
蕎麦
TAKU OBATA
YAYOI KUSAMA
MANABU IKEDA
TABAIMO
NIIHAMA TAIKO MATSURI
NACHI-NO-OGI MATSURI
NEBUTA MATSURI
MENBURYU
JUDO
柔道
KENDO
剣道
KYUDO
弓道
NIHONBUYO
日本舞踊
KACCHU-SHI
甲冑師
EDOKIRIKO
江戸切子職人
KATANA-KAJI
刀鍛冶
SENSHOKU-KA
染織家
SHOGI
SHOGI
GAME CREATOR
GAME CREATOR
FAMILY COMPUTER / NES
Family Computer / NES
PLAY STATION
PlayStation